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1997 MLS All-Star Game
Eastern Conference 5, Western Conference 4
Posted: Friday July 16, 1999 10:16 AM
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Playing at a rainy Giants Stadium, Major League Soccer's top players poured on the goals at the second annual MLS All-Star Game July 9.
The Eastern Conference scored five goals in the second half, including Brian McBride's game-winner in the 88th minute, to beat the West 5-4.
After heavy rain and lightning delayed the start of the match, the West jumped out to a 2-0 first-half lead. Dallas forward Dante Washington put the West on the board in the 11th minute, and Galaxy goalkeeper Jorge Campos, who entered the game as a substitute field player, scored his first career MLS goal just moments before halftime.
Campos moved to goalkeeper and promptly came under attack in the second half from the East attack, led by Carlos Valderrama.
The Tampa Bay Mutiny's wild-haired midfielder scored the East's first goal and assisted on the second, scored in the 63rd minute by Valderrama's Mutiny teammate Giuseppe Galderisi.
Columbus Crew midfielder Robert Warzycha found the back of the net three minutes later to give the East a 3-2 lead, and D.C. United's Richie Williams scored in the 70th minute off Valderrama's second assist.
With a goal and two assists, Valderrama earned MVP honors for the second consecutive MLS All-Star Game.
The Western Conference then rallied to tie the score with a pair of goals in the 80th and 86th minutes. Kansas City's Digital Takawira took a cross from Ronald Cerritos and found the back of the net with an acrobatic header, and six minutes later, Los Angeles' Cobi Jones took an opportunistic rebound and hammered the equalizer home.
But the East took home the victory with McBride's game-winner. McBride took a through-ball from Galderisi and scored the East's fifth goal against Campos with a low liner into the net.
EAST: Walter Zenga (Tony Meola 46), Jeff Agoos, Alexi Lalas (Ted Chronopoulos 46), Eddie Pope (Frank Yallop 46), John Harkes (Richie Williams 46), Roberto Donadoni (Steve Ralston 28), Carlos Valderrama, Marco Etcheverry (Giuseppe Galderisi 46), Robert Warzycha (Raul Diaz Arce 79, Chiquinho Conde 46), Jaime Moreno (Brian McBride 46), Raul Diaz Arce (Chiquinho Conde 46)
TOTAL SHOTS: 36 (Valderrama 6, Conde 6); SHOTS ON GOAL: 17 (Valderrama 4); FOULS: 8 (Lalas 2, Etcheverry 2); OFFSIDE: 8; CORNER KICKS: 8; SAVES: 6 (Meola 3, Zenga 3); CAUTIONS: none; EJECTIONS: none; POSSESSION PERCENTAGE: 44%
WEST: Mark Dodd (Vitalis Takawira 58, Ronald Cerritos 46), Marcelo Balboa (Mo Johnston 46), Richard Gough (John Doyle 46), Diego Sonora, Chris Henderson, Mauricio Cienfuegos, Alain Sutter (Jorge Campos 35), Preki (Mark Santel 46), Vitalis Takawira (Ronald Cerritos 46), Damian (Cobi Jones 46), Dante Washington (Mark Chung 46)
TOTAL SHOTS: 19 (Johnston 3, Chung 3, Takawira 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 10 (Johnston 2, Takawira 2); FOULS: 7 (Damian 2); OFFSIDE: 7; CORNER KICKS: 4; SAVES: 11 (Campos 6, Dodd 5); CAUTIONS: none; EJECTIONS: none; POSSESSION PERCENTAGE: 56%
Referee: Arturo Angeles; Referee's Assistants: Jorge Reyes, Tom Bobadilla
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